Dr Crispin Cooper
Crispin’s research background was initially in Computer Science; working for the Intelligent Systems group at the University of York he helped to develop microchips capable of evolution, growth, self-repair and learning. During this project he also used genetic algorithm techniques to create models of the human vocal tract which have shown some promise for medical imaging purposes.
Having a long-term interest in sustainable development, he worked as a project volunteer in Uganda during 2006, investigating (sadly) the theft of money from a charitably founded secondary school in Rakai province, though also teaching during this time.
Crispin completed his PhD at Cardiff University’s School of Planning and Geography (formerly the Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning), using high performance computing to visualise and model large quantities of housing market socioeconomic data collected from the UK census and Land Registry. This was funded by a Richard Whipp studentship.
Image from Crispin's current project - sDNA, or Spatial Domain Network Analysis
His current project with Sustainable Places – sDNA, or Spatial Domain Network Analysis – is undergoing interesting developments and will be ready for a public launch during 2012.
Crispin spent some time working in Uganda in 2006